Real Madrid turned down Manchester United wonderkid over £1.5m salary demands

Manchester United are not the only ones with reason to hold regret regarding Paul Pogba.

Real Madrid came up against Juventus in the Champions League last night, drawing 2-2 in a hard fought contest in Turin.

A key figure in midfield for the home side was Paul Pogba, the 20-year-old French sensation who has even been subject of reported £50 million transfer links to Real Madrid.

But if they ever did make such a multi-million pound move, they would certainly regret making a decision two years ago not pass on the Frenchman.

Let's rewind to two summers ago, Pogba was still a Manchester United player, entering a crucial season in his Old Trafford career, hoping to be afforded an opportunity in the wake of Paul Scholes' retirement.

We all know the way it panned out, Sir Alex Ferguson was hesitant to use the French teenager, recalled Scholes in January, and the midfielder walked out on a free transfer the next summer.

But in 2011, Spanish newspaper El Confidencial reveals that Pogba's agent Mino Raiola offered the youngster to Real Madrid.

At this point it is claimed Pogba had even made a decision to explore his options, feeling he 'had no clear future at United (and was) not suited to the Premier League football.'

The newspaper adds that Pogba was considered to 'fit perfectly' at Real Madrid, and was liked very much by the coaching staff.

So why did they not move for him? The reason is quite simple, the player and his representative got greedy.

They were demanding a salary of £1.5 million a year, for a player who at that point was simply just another highly talented, but unproven youngster.

Real Madrid considered the requests 'exorbitant', and passed up the opportunity. There is no doubt now they will wish they had met the demands, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Manchester United can at least however console themselves that they are not the only club left regretting their decisions regarding the talented young superstar. 

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